Michael Watson

Partner

Head of Property Litigation

Michael is recognised nationally for his expertise in dilapidations matters; this experience is reflected in the many seminars he runs, forums he takes part in and articles he writes for various publications.

Michael leads the Shulmans property litigation team, which encompasses:

  • The resolution of property disputes
  • The management of risks associated with owning and occupying commercial property and estates
  • Dilapidations (claims for breach of contract relating to the failure to keep properties in repair)
  • Issues relating to telecommunications and mobile phone masts
  • Planning and construction

According to Chambers & Partners, one source has noted that Michael “is an excellent property litigator, particularly in respect of dilapidations claims, tactics and strategy”. Michael is described by peers as "very shrewd".

The Shulmans property litigation team has conduct of complex and high value property-related disputes, with a number of key reported decisions; in particular, the department acted in the case of Hammersmatch Properties (Welwyn) Limited v. Saint-Gobain, the largest reported dilapidations claim in recent years.

Michael regularly presents seminars and CPD training both within Shulmans and externally, in-house for clients, for commercial CPD providers and for the RICS.

Michael regularly writes academic articles on issues relating to property litigation, specifically in relation to dilapidations and telecommunications, where he is a nationally acknowledged expert. He has contributed to the Estate Gazette and other publications.

Michael has previously sat on the Steering Board of the RICS Dilapidations Forum, of which he remains a member, and has spoken on a number of occasions at the Forum's Annual Conference. He is also a member of the RICS Telecoms Forum.

Michael also manages the successful LinkedIn Dilapidations Discussion Forum & Interest Group. He is also a member of Revo (formerly known as the BCSC - British Council of Shopping Centres), the British Council for Offices (BCO) and the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Property Litigation - Meet the Team

We provide services relating to property risk management and property litigation.

Michael Watson

Partner

Head of Property Litigation

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 1850

Helen Hill

Partner

Property Litigation

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3770

Richard Robinson

Associate

Property Litigation

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3783

Luke Maidens

Associate

Property Litigation

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8057

Paul Sagar

Solicitor

Property Litigation

Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2816